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Monday, 31 March 2014 08:00

Ab Initio: That 3L moment

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgI’ve recently found myself reminiscing for a simpler time in life — a period when responsibility wasn’t as great, decisions had less impact, and life just didn’t seem so darn complicated. This nostalgia was prompted by what I’m calling the “3L crisis.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_March_LawJobExchangescreengrab.jpgSecuring an articling position in Canada is a competitive affair, but a new web site aims to ease the pressure through collaboration.
Paul Paton becomes U of A’s new law dean on July 1.
Paul Paton becomes U of A’s new law dean on July 1.
The University of Alberta’s new law dean will be bringing a few things back from California with him when he returns to Canada to start his new job.
Osgoode Hall Law School dean Lorne Sossin, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, McCarthy Tétrault LLP CEO Marc-André Blanchard, and Pro Bono Students Canada’s Nikki Gershbain before the Q&A. (Photo: Zachary Pedersen)
Osgoode Hall Law School dean Lorne Sossin, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, McCarthy Tétrault LLP CEO Marc-André Blanchard, and Pro Bono Students Canada’s Nikki Gershbain before the Q&A. (Photo: Zachary Pedersen)
Aspiring law students heard from Canada’s top judge last week that the volunteer program they are a part of is something she wishes was available when she was a law student.
Monday, 17 March 2014 08:00

Start business development early

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Photo: Shutterstock
Especially in private practice, succeeding in law means more than just practising law, it also requires business savvy. There is no practice without bringing in the work first. As a result, business development is a critical skill all lawyers should hone, starting as early as possible.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Philip-Bryden1.jpgI started teaching law in 1985. For the first 20 years of my career, the institutional landscape of university legal education in Canada was extraordinarily stable. The same 21 law schools that were around in the 1970s were educating roughly the same number of undergraduate students each year. The deans of the 16 schools whose undergraduate degree programs were recognized by the law societies of the common law provinces and territories did not worry about whether or not their students would be accepted into the bar admission programs in those jurisdictions, and provincial law societies did not inquire too deeply into the details of the programs the law schools were offering.
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society president Rene Gallant says meeting with TWU president was ‘very helpful.’
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society president Rene Gallant says meeting with TWU president was ‘very helpful.’
The president of Trinity Western University travelled to Nova Scotia last week to make the case for his school’s proposed faith-based law program. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society was discussing the merits of recognizing potential law graduates from the Langley, B.C., school.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgI was one of those students who was hit with a mega invoice from the Law Society of Upper Canada a few weeks ago. As I finished tallying the numbers, my mouth agape, I tabbed from the LSUC web site onto Facebook to see if it was just me who was surprised by the licensing fee bill. Thinking I would leave a message in the Class of 2014 group to gather my classmates’ opinions, I was met with my answer immediately upon opening my newsfeed: expletives, CAPSLOCK, and series upon series of exclamation marks described the general reaction to this LSUC fee. Yes, everyone was appalled by the bill and yes, it was significantly higher than normal — 79-per-cent higher to be exact.
Monday, 03 March 2014 08:00

Black law students honour judge, mentor

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Justice Donald McLeod speaks to Semhar Woldai and another Osgoode law student after accepting the Lincoln Alexander Award. Photo: Zachary Pedersen
Justice Donald McLeod speaks to Semhar Woldai and another Osgoode law student after accepting the Lincoln Alexander Award. Photo: Zachary Pedersen
One of Ontario’s newest judges has been awarded The Honourable Lincoln Alexander ‘53 Award from the Black Law Students’ Association at Osgoode Hall Law School.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_February_shutterstock_101843929.jpgOntario common law students taking on an articling position or participating in the new law practice program have been served a $4,860 bill to get licensed to practise law.
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